Reader’s Links for January 7, 2022

Each day at just after midnight Eastern, a post like this one is created for contributors and readers of this site to upload news links and video links on the issues that concern this site. Most notably, Islam and its effects on Classical Civilization, and various forms of leftism from Soviet era communism, to postmodernism and all the flavours of galloping statism and totalitarianism such as Nazism and Fascism which are increasingly snuffing out the classical liberalism which created our near, miraculous civilization the West has been building since the time of Socrates.

This document was written around the time this site was created, for those who wish to understand what this site is about. And while our understanding of the world and events has grown since then, the basic ideas remain sound and true to the purpose.

So please post all links, thoughts and ideas that you feel will benefit the readers of this site to the comments under this post each day. And thank you all for your contributions.

This is the new Samizdat. We must use it while we can.

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  1. * According to social media posts from the family and an obituary web page, a 13-year-old boy from New Jersey suddenly died from a heart attack on January 4, 2022, just seven months after his second Covid shot.

    A June 6, 2021, Facebook post from the child’s mother, Jennifer O’Drain, shows him giving a thumbs up from a doctor’s office along with the caption, “Sec shot done.” *

    • 22:20 Vaxxed refuse to commingle with unvaxxed.

      25:10 Higher cost to insure employees that are NOT vaxxed. Premium rates for counties with low vaxx rates will go up.

  2. “The self-styled Black Lives Matter activists argued that tearing down a statue of 17th-century slaver Edward Colston and chucking it into the river was a legitimate political protest

    One of the four said that because Colston had been involved in the slave trade 300 years ago, demolishing it was ‘an act of love for my fellow man’. Defence counsel urged the jury to be ‘on the right side of history’.

    Effectively, Colston himself was put on trial. Despite being told by the judge to ignore this sentimental smokescreen and concentrate on the evidence in front of them, the jurors obviously fell for it.

    Then again, if the judge had wanted the case decided on the hard facts, why did he allow the defence to call a Left-wing academic to deliver a lurid potted history of the cruelty inflicted by slavery?

    This was a verdict based not on the law, but on emotion.”

  3. Russian President Vladimir Putin has said insulting Prophet Muhammad does not count as freedom of expression.

    Insults to the prophet are a “violation of religious freedom and the violation of the sacred feelings of people who profess Islam,”, Putin said on Thursday during his annual news conference, Russian News Agency TASS reported.

    Putin also criticised posting photos of Nazis on websites such as the one titled the Immortal Regiment dedicated to Russians that died in World War Two.

    Putin said these acts give rise to extremist reprisals, citing as an example the attack on the editorial office of Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris after its publication of cartoons of the prophet.

  4. Pakistan: Christian man tortured in jail to confess, convert to Islam, sentenced to death on blasphemy charges

    An FIR was filed against an unknown person, but the police later arrested Zafar, charging him under section 295-C. Bhatti insisted on his innocence but the police tortured him to confess. Several reports proved that the SIM was not registered to Zafar but was in fact registered to Ghazala Khan.

    Note: this is not to distract from the current crisis in our civilization, just a reminder that the other threats are still active…

    • CBC – Staff getting sick in unprecedented numbers, ER doctor says

      Health-care workers are burnt-out and getting sick in numbers never experienced before

      • So just lay off more people- are there any untaxed left to lay off, fire, make them destitute because we have a global clown running the show?

    • ctv news – Hospitals are seeing growing cases of COVID-19 among infants

      Doctors say there is an increase of young infants being hospitalized with COVID-19.

      ( age restricted on YT )

    • ctv news – Two Ontario children under 10 died “WITH” COVID-19 in past two weeks

      Two children in Ontario under the age of 10 have died after testing positive for COVID-19 in the past two weeks, health officials say.

      ( age restricted on YT )

    • ctv news – Are more vaccinated people with COVID-19 in hospital? Dr. Labos explains the numbers

      Epidemiologist Dr. Christopher Labos discusses whether the bulk of people in hospital with COVID-19 are unvaccinated.

      ( age restricted on YT )

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    • ctv news – Plane partiers on way home stopped, questioned: Duclos

      Canada’s health minister says about 27 of 130 people who were on a chartered plane to Mexico have arrived back in Canada.

    • ctv news Ottawa -Dr. Njoo on vaccines and boosters: ‘Trust them’

      Deputy Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Howard Njoo urges eligible people to get the first available COVID-19 booster that they’re offered.

      ( age restricted on YT )

    • CBC – What it’s like being a front-line nurse during this wave of COVID-19

      Nurses at three hospitals in three provinces share their experiences, worries and exhaustion as the Omicron variant pushes more COVID-19 cases through the doors and more hospital staff members into isolation.

    • Why are millions of people not yet vaccinated against Covid?

      More than a year since the first coronavirus vaccine doses went into arms, significant numbers remain unvaccinated.

      An estimated 4.5 million people aged 18 and over in the UK have not had a first dose, and more than six million people are not double jabbed, according to figures from the UK’s health agencies.

      A survey of almost 5,000 UK adults, from the University of Stirling in November, found that reluctance to have the vaccine was a particular issue in non-white British ethnic groups, younger adults and those with lower levels of education.

    • Ontario Premier Doug Ford on vaccine rollout – January 7, 2022

      He announces that the province will introduce a $10,000 grant and electricity-rate relief for eligible small businesses.

      Responding to questions from reporters, Premier Ford comments on restrictions for unvaccinated people and when high school students can return to in-person learning.

    • yahoo – Another COVID-19 vaccine booster may be needed in fall 2022: Moderna CEO

      Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel joins Yahoo Finance Live’s Anjalee Khemlani to discuss new COVID-19 data and the need for another booster as early as this fall.

      • FDA

        Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Shortens Interval for Booster Dose of Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine to Five Months

        Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration amended the emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine to shorten the time between the completion of a primary series of the vaccine and a booster dose to at least five months for individuals 18 years of age and older.

        “The country is in the middle of a wave of the highly contagious omicron variant, which spreads more rapidly than the original SARS-CoV-2 virus and other variants that have emerged,” said Peter Marks, M.D., Ph.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research. “Vaccination is our best defense against COVID-19, including the circulating variants, and shortening the length of time between completion of a primary series and a booster dose may help reduce waning immunity. Today’s action also brings consistency in the timing for administration of a booster dose among the available mRNA vaccines. We encourage everyone to get vaccinated—it’s never too late to get your COVID-19 vaccine or booster.”

        The most commonly reported side effects by individuals who received a booster dose of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine after completion of a two-dose primary series were pain, redness and swelling at the injection site, as well as fatigue, headache, muscle or joint pain and chills. The fact sheets for recipients and caregivers and for healthcare providers include information about the potential side effects, as well as the risks of myocarditis and pericarditis.

        The amendment to the EUA was granted to ModernaTx Inc.

        The FDA, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, protects the public health by assuring the safety, effectiveness, and security of human and veterinary drugs, vaccines and other biological products for human use, and medical devices. The agency also is responsible for the safety and security of our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, dietary supplements, products that give off electronic radiation, and for regulating tobacco products.

    • CBC – Quebec announces a series of new pandemic measures

      Dr. Jesse Papenburg, pediatric infectious disease specialist and medical microbiologist at the Montreal Children’s Hospital, discusses Quebec’s new COVID-19 measures.

    • CBC – Provinces could make VACCINATION MANDATORY , says federal health minister

      Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos says vaccination remains the only way out of the pandemic

      Provinces are likely to introduce mandatory vaccination policies in the coming months to deal with surging COVID-19 caseloads, Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said today.

      “What we see now is that our health care system in Canada is fragile, our people are tired, and the only way that we know to get through COVID-19, this variant and any future variant, is through vaccination,” Duclos said.

      Duclos said that while rapid tests, masking and social distancing are useful tools, they won’t end the pandemic on their own.

      “Fifty per cent of hospitalizations now, in Quebec, are due to people not having been vaccinated,” he said. “That’s a burden on health care workers, a burden on society which is very difficult to bear and for many people difficult to understand.

      “That’s why I’m signaling this is a conversation which I believe provinces and territories, in support with the federal government, will want to have over the next weeks and months.”

      Duclos said that while discussions about mandatory vaccination policies are not taking place now, he believes that, based on his “personal understanding of what we see internationally and domestically and in my conversations [with] health ministers over the last few weeks,” the discussion will start in the coming weeks or months.

      He stressed that it’s up to the provinces to decide whether to implement mandatory vaccination policies.

      Duclos said the provinces are facing a perfect storm of record-setting case numbers, a shortage of health care workers and up to seven million eligible Canadians still unvaccinated.

      “What we can do … is provide vaccines, tests, personal protective equipment,” he said. “We can provide tracing support, we can provide all sorts of other non-human resources types of assistance.”

      Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc said there are limits to what the federal government can do to ease shortages of health care staff.

      “It’s no surprise that provincial and territorial governments have considerably more health human resources, for example, than would the government of Canada,” he said.

      Quebec, Europe strengthen vaccine policies

      Earlier this week, Quebec’s Health Minister Christian Dubé announced that Quebecers will need to show proof that they are fully vaccinated in order to enter government-run liquor and cannabis shops as of Jan. 18.

      Dubé said half of the people with COVID-19 being admitted to ICUs in the province are unvaccinated and that the new restrictions are needed slow down hospital admissions.

      The minister also said the Quebec government will soon expand the use of the vaccination passport to other non-essential businesses, such as personal care services. That announcement is expected in the coming days.

      “By limiting the places they can go, we’re limiting their contacts,” Dubé said, referring to the unvaccinated.

      “If you don’t want to get vaccinated, stay home.”

      Some European countries, such as Austria and Greece, have moved in that direction already as infection rates hit record highs and vaccination campaigns stall.

      Greeks over the age of 60 who are not yet vaccinated are now subject to monthly fines of 100 euros ($140 Cdn). Austria, which has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the European Union, is looking at fining unvaccinated Austrians more than 7,000 euros ($9,880). Slovakia, meanwhile, is offering payments of 600 euros ($844) to encourage people to get their shots.

      There are signs that enforcing these new vaccine rules will be a challenge. In late November, roughly 40,000 people assembled in Vienna to protest the new rules.

      • ctv – Is public sentiment growing for vaccine mandates? Doctors weigh in

        Dr. Christopher Labos and Dr. Amy Tan discuss whether public sentiment is shifting towards vaccine mandates, as COVID-19 cases skyrocket and provincial hospital systems become increasingly stretched.

      • ctv -Mulling the idea of mandatory vaccination in Canada

        Human rights lawyer Kevin Coon and bioethicist Kerry Bowman discuss the idea of mandatory vaccines in Canada

        ( age restricted on YT)

      • city news – Canada’s Health Minister believes mandatory vaccines are coming

        Minister Duclos says mandatory vaccines are the only way to curb COVID,

    • Indian airport IN CHAOS as scores of passengers test positive for COVID

      Confusion outside India’s Guru Ram Das Ji International Airport in Amritsar, as 125 out of 179 passengers aboard a plane from Milan tested positive for COVID.
      According to reports, 13 passengers managed to ESCAPE amid the panic, either from the airport or the hospital they’d been assigned to.

    • city news – Mobile vaccine clinic at Ontario Place

      Organizers of a drive thru art exhibit are partnering with the province to provide vaccines to the public.

      Brandon Rowe finds out why they’re doing this and what ‘Snow Magic’ is all about.

    • twitter @disclosetv

      JUST IN – Austria: Fully vaccinated and “boosted” Chancellor Nehammer has tested positive for Covid.
      DEUTSCHE PRAVDA – Coronavirus: Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer tests positive

      Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer has tested positive for coronavirus, the chancellery said. The Austrian leader is in self-isolation and not showing symptoms.

      Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer said on Friday that he tested positive for COVID-19 and that the infection came from a member of his security detail.

      The news comes as the Austrian government is pressing ahead with plans to implement a general vaccine mandate starting in February.

      It also comes as the country is logging an uptick in COVID-19 cases after infections slowed during a lockdown in November and December last year.

      What we know so far

      According to the Austrian Chancellery, Nehammer is not exhibiting any symptoms.

      “There is no need to worry, I am fine and doing well,” the Chancellery quoted Nehammer as saying.

      The Austrian chancellor said he has received a booster shot and is “as protected as possible from a severe infection.”

      His wife and children have so far tested negative, his office added.

      Nehammer is isolating at home, where he continues to work via video and telephone meetings. He will not have in-person meetings for the next few days, the Chancellery said.

      On Thursday, Nehammer took part in a meeting on tightening the country’s COVID curbs — but his office said he wore a protective FFP2 mask throughout, and that journalists were protected by plexiglass screens.

      Who is Karl Nehammer?
      Nehammer was sworn in as chancellor at the beginning of December 2021 following political upheaval that saw the country cycle through several chancellors in a matter of months.

      The upheaval was kicked off by former Chancellor Sebastian Kurz’s abrupt, and scandal-plagued, exit from politics.

      The 49-year-old Nehammer, who also now heads the ruling conservative Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP), was formerly the country’s interior minister from 2020 to 2021.

      The Vienna-born Nehammer worked in the army for several years. He then started working as a communications adviser before becoming a politician in 2017.

      As interior minister, Nehammer supported Kurz in taking a hardline anti-immigration stance and is likely to continue with a harsh refugee policy.

      The new chancellor has also said he intends to continue with plans to push through a vaccine mandate for the county and take a hardline approach to those who refuse to be vaccinated.

    • Nehammer beharrt auf Impfpflicht


      Fitter223 - 1 day ago

      Ich hoffe für Sie Herr Nehammer dass Sie nie alleine auf der Straße gesehen werden. Ob in nächster Zeit oder in den nächsten Jahren.
      Viel Glück


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    • reuters – Macron stands by ‘piss off’ comments on unvaccinated

      French President Emmanuel Macron said he stood by his earlier comments saying he wanted to ‘piss off’ the non-vaccinated, adding it was his responsibility to sound the alarm given the Omicron threat

    • global news – What are the legal rights of unvaccinated workers in Canada?

      Workplace vaccine mandates are becoming increasingly common and controversial amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with Canada’s Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough warning that unvaccinated workers who lose their jobs may not be eligible for Employment Insurance (EI) benefits.

      But is this permitted under the rule of law?

      Employment lawyer Lior Samfiru sheds light on the recent comments from federal officials on access to employment benefits and things to look out for in employers’ vaccine mandates.

    • Philippines: Pres Duterte orders officials to seek out unvaxxed persons, enforce stay-at-home orders

      President Rodrigo Duterte announced that local officials, known as barangay captains, would be enforcing stay-at-home orders among unvaccinated residents during a government briefing held in Manila on Friday.

      “I am now giving orders to the barangay captains to look for those persons who are not vaccinated and request them or order them, if you may, to stay put, and if he refuses, he goes out of the house and around in the community or maybe wherever magpunta (he goes to), he can be restrained,” explained Duterte.

      “And if he refuses, then the barangay captain, being a person of authority, is empowered now to arrest the recalcitrant person,” warned Duterte.

      The President also said that local officials would be able to enlist civilians in the enforcement of the measures.

    • Austria makes medical-grade masks obligatory outside

      VIENNA – Austria’s government said it was making medical-grade masks compulsory outside to ward off a new lockdown as Omicron variant cases of Covid-19 rise.

      Chancellor Karl Nehammer revealed the decision, telling reporters the situation was “very serious” with Omicron’s degree of contagion posing “a new challenge”.

      Vienna acted with new daily cases running at 10,000 on Wednesday, compared with 3,000 at the start of the month, in a country of 8.9 million.

      Medical grade FFP2 face coverings had already been compulsory on Austrian public transport and in enclosed spaces since last January.

      FFP2 masks offer better filtration than their surgical equivalent and cover the face more effectively.

      Austria is also tightening its health pass controls but loosening restrictions including on confinement of those who test positive and those with whom they have been in contact to avoid economic paralysis.

      Nehammer said Vienna was not ruling out a new lockdown should hospitalisations spike. the most recent one having ended on December 12 for those vaccinated.

      Those yet to be jabbed must stay at home except for reasons including work and buying food in a country where around one-third of residents have not been jabbed — one of the highest rates in Western Europe.


      EXPLAINED: What do we know about Austria’s new rule for masks outdoors?

      Austria on Thursday announced that its mask mandate would be extended to cover some outdoor areas.

      FFP2 masks are already required on public transport (including at stops and stations), in all shops and other indoor areas including hairdressers, museums, workplaces and at events for example.

      The change extending this to outdoor spaces will come into effect from January 11th.

      This will not be a blanket rule to cover all outdoor public spaces, but rather those where a two-metre distance cannot be kept from people from other households. The full text of the law has not yet been published, but government ministers named examples such as pavements, pedestrian zones, queues, and events.

      “Whenever I am encountering people, I must wear a mask,” Chancellor Karl Nehammer said at the press conference announcing the measures.

      Regions will also have the authority to introduce mask mandates in particularly crowded outdoor areas locally. This was also the case last year, when Vienna introduced such a mandate along the Danube Canal, a popular spot for walking and visiting the bars and restaurants along its banks.

      At the moment for most adults, only FFP2 masks can be worn, though at different points in the pandemic Austria has relaxed rules slightly to allow cloth or surgical face masks. For children aged under 7, no mask is required, and for children aged under 14 and pregnant women a cloth or surgical face mask may be worn as an alternative to FFP2 masks.

      FFP2 masks offer better protection against the coronavirus and other pathogens than the cloth or surgical equivalents, with a higher proportion of aerosols filtered out. They are also generally easier to fit over both mouth and nose, although getting a well-fitting mask is still important.

      As well as the change to the mask mandate, Austria’s government on Thursday also announced shorter quarantines for contacts of positive Covid cases, and 2G checks to be required in shops.

      Like many other countries across Europe, Austria is currently tightening its Covid measures in response to the Omicron wave of Covid-19. Italy for example made face masks compulsory in outdoor spaces from late December.

      Austria’s Covid incidence rate is creeping upwards again, reaching 432 (new cases per 100,000 residents over seven days) on Thursday with particularly high rates in Salzburg and Tyrol, partly tied to winter ski tourism. According to modelling, upwards of 17,000 cases per day are expected by next week. Currently, fewer than 300 people are in intensive care units with Covid-19 after this figure reached 600 earlier in the winter which prompted the government to implement a lockdown.

      “We will do everything we can to avoid another lockdown,” Chancellor Nehammer said on Thursday.

    • ctv -Half of eligible Ontarians refusing Moderna booster: Pharmacists Association

      …. pharmacists are seeing almost half of eligible Ontarians refuse Moderna booster shots.

  5. zero hedge – Brussels Airlines Flew 3,000 Empty Flights This Winter, All To Maintain Spots At Major Airports

    Investing question: how “ESG” is it for an airline to operate to the tune of 3,000 unnecessary flights, all of which are burning jet fuel, simply to keep take-off and landing rights at major airports?

    Because that’s exactly what’s going on with Brussels Airlines, according to news from Belgium’s The Bulletin.

    The airline’s parent company, Lufthansa, reportedly operated 18,000 flights over the winter that would have otherwise been cancelled due to lack of passengers, the report says. Brussels Airlines accounted for 3,000 of those flights.

    As a result, the Belgian federal government has contacted the European Commission, urging it to change its rules for how airlines secure rights at major airports.

    Previously, the rule was that “airlines must operate flights in at least 80% of their scheduled take-off and landing slots”, the report says. Post-Covid, the requirement dropped to 50%, which is still far above the actual number of flights that would meet demand from passengers.

    Belgium’s federal mobility minister Georges Gilkinet called the rules “incomprehensible from an economic and ecological point of view” and called for a further reduction of the threshold.

    Meanwhile, Lufthansa still plans to cancel 33,000 scheduled flights by the end of March.

  6. FRANCE – FRÉJUS – Man presents dismembered body parts to French police

    French police have detained a man who presented himself at a police station carrying the decapitated head of another man and a penis in a bag.

    The incident happened in Frejus, a town situated between the glitzy resorts of St Tropez and Cannes on the Mediterranean coast in the south of the country.

    “An individual handed himself in to police after cutting of the head and penis of another man,” police in the southern Provence Alpes Cote d’Azur region said, confirming a report first published in the Var-Matin daily.

    Judicial police from the nearby port city of Toulon who are leading the investigation told AFP that the 38-year-old man had presented himself to police this morning in Frejus,.

    “He showed the human head and was immediately taken to the police headquarters and detained,” said a police official, who asked not to be named.

    The man had been known to police until now only for “petty crime”, he added.

    Var-Martin said that investigators headed to an apartment in the district of the city where the man said he had committed the crime and found a decapitated corpse.

    Regional prosecutors are due to issue a further statement later this evening.
    Fréjus : un homme en possession d’une tête et d’un pénis coupés se rend aux gendarmes


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